Maranatha left the dock about a half hour ahead of us so they were well out in the bay before we cleared the Dog River Bridge and entered the narrow channel across the shallows to the main shipping channel. The main shipping channel is dredged and the spoil is deposited on each side so it is quite shallow outside of the channel. After going about seven miles south there was an opening in the spoil area with depth allowing us to head east and then south east toward Bon Secour Bay and the entry to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Thankfully the wind had settled quite a bit as compared to the last few days and we had a very comfortable trip across the bay.
Maranatha travels about 0.5 mph slower than we do so we caught up to her just as we were entering the GICW channel. As it was only about seven miles to our destination we pulled in behind her and followed her pace. Since we had entered Mobile Bay we had seen occasional porpoise and many pelicans and this continue in the GICW. Porpoise are always fun to see and the size of the pelicans is surprising as is watching them fish.
We arrived at Homeport Marina before 1300 hours so had the afternoon to explore. This is the home of Lulu’s Restaurant. Lulu is the sister of Jimmy Buffet so you can imagine the decor and style of the place. This being a Saturday there was football on all of their big TV screens. JoAnn had been employed by Michigan State so it was necessary to watch their game against Ohio that they won to clinch first place in the Big Ten.
It was necessary to have the obligatory dinner at Lulu’s and part of that had to be gumbo.